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Whitehall Middle School science teacher wins national award
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Whitehall Middle School science teacher wins national award

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Susan Tate, Whitehall Middle School science teacher, recently was awarded the 2015 Paul DeHart Hurd Award. Tate was honored for demonstrating both exemplary science teaching performance in the middle level classroom, and leadership in sharing these skills and ideas with others.  The award was presented by the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA), a Division Affiliate of the National Science Teachers’ Association.

Tate won  a $1,000 prize from Delta Education, Inc., a complimentary membership for one year in the NMLSTA, and a plaque.  To be eligible to receive the award, entrants must be members of the NMLSTA, a full-time middle level classroom science teacher, and have three years teaching experience.

Tate has taught for 16 years at Whitehall Middle School, and currently teaches 8th grade Earth Science.  She serves as the advisor for the Environmental Club, the school’s Lexus Eco Challenge teams, and the GreenScreens Environmental Film Festival.  She also chairs the Green School Committee, and is a member of the school and district improvement teams. 

Tate has been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative through the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District for seven years. Through this program her students create and implement place-based environmental stewardship projects with the help of community partners such as the Michigan DNR, the Muskegon Conservation District, and the White Lake Sustainability Network. Serving as a Regional Director for the Michigan Science Teachers Association for the last three years, Tate was recently appointed to the NSTA Science Matters Advisory Board.

Outside of teaching middle school science, Susan enjoys traveling, meeting new people, nature photography, and learning more about sustainability. A highlight of her career was her March 2013 trip to Antarctica with the environmental advocacy group “2041.” She agrees with 2041 founder, Sir Robert Swan that, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

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